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  • CHINA HUMAN RIGHTS
  • SAUDI ARABIA HUMAN RIGHTS
  • SUDAN HUMAN RIGHTS
Winning Issue » CHINA HUMAN RIGHTS


China maintains very firm control over its population. Human rights advocates claim the abuses of this communist nation are many. Chinese authorities quickly arrest any person they consider subversive or who openly disagrees with state policy. Arrestees are often held for long periods of time without due process. It is estimated there are more than 500,000 people currently in custody who have not been charged or tried. China’s infamous “re-education through labor” camps still operate, allowing police to imprison people for as long as four years without a trial or judicial review. These camps have increasingly been used by police to silence ordinary Chinese citizens petitioning to redress grievances against local officials. China’s human rights defenders are often harassed and placed under house arrest. Increased censorship of the Internet and other media greatly restricts free speech. China's critics claim that international pressure, including the withholding of trade, is the only way to stop these abuses. Beijing supporters counter that the revocation of trade is a double-edged sword. Recently, China’s new administration has decided to ease its one-child policy for city-dwelling couples. This change allows couples to have two children if either the husband or wife is an only child. Among this and other reforms, it has also said it will abolish penal colonies for political prisoners.

Recent massive demonstrations in Hong Kong have focused attention on the threats posed to its democratic election process by Hong Kong government officials loyal to mainland China. Called the Umbrella Movement, hundreds of thousands of residents have protested the government’s decision to allow the Chinese Communist Party to decide which candidates are allowed to participate in Hong Kong’s elections. Protesters were subjected to harassment from political opponents that was "alarmingly similar to the way mainland Chinese activists and their families have long been targeted.” The protests ended without any political concessions from the government.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1159 - Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act




Options


  • I oppose reforming current China human rights policy and wish to defeat H.R.1159 - Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support promoting the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; using all appropriate instruments of U.S. influence to support the free flow of information without interference or discrimination; deterring U.S. businesses from cooperating with Internet-restricting countries in effecting online censorship, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.491 - Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 to direct the Secretary of State to report to Congress on conditions in Hong Kong that are of U.S. interest by March 31, 2015, and annually thereafter for 10 years or until the Secretary certifies that Hong Kong has held free and fair elections for 2 consecutive Chief Executive and 2 consecutive Legislative Council periods; certifying whether Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous to justify separate treatment different from that accorded to China in any new laws, agreements, treaties, or arrangements entered into between the United States and Hong Kong, and wish to pass H.R.1159 - Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Ed Royce (CA) and/or Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support promoting the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; using all appropriate instruments of U.S. influence to support the free flow of information without interference or discrimination; deterring U.S. businesses from cooperating with Internet-restricting countries in effecting online censorship, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.491 - Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.491 - Global Online Freedom Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, the HRIC will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate against Chinese government human rights abuses and to advocate for democracy and the personal freedoms it brings.

Human Rights in China (HRIC), founded by Chinese students and scholars in March 1989, is an international, Chinese, nongovernmental organization with a mission to promote international human rights and advance the institutional protection of these rights in the People’s Republic of China. HRIC’s board and staff include Chinese, North American, and European individuals devoted to fostering greater space for democratic reforms and social justice. HRIC’s approach is a long-term process of engaging multiple international actors, including the media, governments, corporations, various United Nations bodies and other multilateral organizations. It also aims to maximize and leverage its resources by collaborating with other local, regional, and international NGOs. HRIC’s education, research, and advocacy strategies include advancing the rule of law and foster the growth of civil society in China; strengthening the institutional protection of human rights through casework, policy advocacy, and electronic advocacy; and generating international pressure for social change in China and promote the Chinese government’s compliance with its international human rights obligations.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020